Originally posted by Berzerked
reply to post by Cabin
What do you mean, "someone will START taking advantage of it?"
I guess that you havent heard about that judge that was caught making deals with the owners of a private prison.
He was sentencing people to prison for offenses that would normally warrant a fine or probation.
Yep, he was caught and sentenced to 28 years..
Just think how many havent been caught though.
btw, in case your curious about that judge.. just google, "kids for cash scandal"
edit on 17-5-2013 by Berzerked because: (no reason
By saying START, I meant overally about prisons, not only US. I do not know in detail, which countries do have private prisons, although most
developed countries do not have, except US and maybe a couple of more nations. US has proved well that this can lead to corruptness, so start was
meant to any country in the world, who would ever consider such thing.
To the posts, who were referring to people knowing about the laws:
There is a difference between knowing and not knowing.
When the prison system is for-profit, it has the option of influencing the decisions of the law makers so that many, even minor offenses might lead to
prison time. Such laws can often lead more-over innocent people to jail, who have done nothing major and often without any knowledge of the law. Also
the jail-time can be influenced. Smaller offenses leading to more jail time.
The difference between US and here is that here most offenses are common sense. You do not need to know the laws in 99% of cases. You just act normal
and nothing happens. It is just common sense. Easiest rules. Follow the signs, do not harm others either physically, mentally or financially, pay your
bills. These rules cover nearly every law. Unless you are serial killer or some mafia boss, it is impossible to be jailed for over 20 years round
here. Murders usually give about 10-15 years of jail-time. Jail is considered as much as a rehabilitation than punishment, I have heard only two cases
ever being with life-time and these were serial killer and a killer who killed again after being released.
Also the tax system is very easy. I do not know exactly how it is like in US, although here I never need to think about paying taxes, as my employer
does it for me. My salary is my net income. Employer pays the taxes from the gross income. Unless you are self-employed or an employer, it is nearly
impossible to avoid paying taxes. I do not about US, but the fact that over 40% of people are not paying income tax is impossible round here. It would
require 40% of people being self-employed/employers. Also most taxes are universal, so that instead of adding some specific tax, the income tax is
rised by 1% for everybody. As far as I know, there are around 4 taxes total, that non-juridical person needs to know - sales tax (20%), social
security tax (33%), income tax (20%) , property tax. Every one of these is paid by the employer/shop, except the property one, although most people do
not own their property, it is rented, so they do not pay for it directly.
Long story short:
More Laws, even some absurdic ones+Longer Jail-times, even for smaller crimes.=more people in prison=more money for the prison system
The laws and jail-times can be influenced by increased lobbying (more money)
edit on 17-5-2013 by Cabin because: (no reason given)